In Trump vs. California, the State Is Winning a Majority of Its Environmental Cases

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks to reporters on March 05, 2019 in Sacramento. California has filed at least 21 challenges to policies put forward by the EPA, Interior Department and other agencies responsible for setting energy and fuel efficiency standards. By the state’s count, California has prevailed so far in 12 of the environmental regulatory suits it filed or joined. (Credit: Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks to reporters on March 05, 2019 in Sacramento. California has filed at least 21 challenges to policies put forward by the EPA, Interior Department and other agencies responsible for setting energy and fuel efficiency standards. By the state’s count, California has prevailed so far in 12 of the environmental regulatory suits it filed or joined. (Credit: Sullivan/Getty Images)

More than two years into the Trump presidency, California has embraced its role as chief antagonist — already suing the administration more times than Texas took President Obama to court during eight years in office.

It’s having an effect.

California’s lawsuits have targeted the administration’s policies on immigration, healthcare and education. But nowhere has the legal battle had a greater impact than on Trump’s agenda of dismantling Obama-era environmental and public health regulations.

In its rush to delay, repeal and rewrite rules it considers unduly burdensome to industry, the administration has experienced significant setbacks in court. Federal judges have sided with California and environmental groups in cases concerning air pollution, pesticides and the royalties that the government receives from companies that extract oil, gas and coal from public land.

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